- Title: RUSSIA: Smoke from burning forest blankets Krasnoyarsk
- Date: 5th August 2012
- Summary: KRASNOYARSK, RUSSIA (AUGUST 5, 2012) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF VIEW OF RIVER BANK THROUGH HAZE HILL OVER RIVER VARIOUS OF TRAFFIC WITH BRIDGE IN BACKGROUND CARS ON STREET BUILDING IN DISTANCE THROUGH HAZE BUILDINGS IN HAZE VIEW OF SKYLINE FROM HILLTOP VARIOUS OF SUN IN GREY SKY VARIOUS OF PEOPLE ON LOOKOUT OVER CITY, THEN PAN OF CITY VIEW OF CITY FROM HILL CITY IN HAZE VARIOUS OF VIEW OF CITY FROM HILL SUN IN HAZE
- Embargoed: 20th August 2012 13:00
- Location: Russian Federation
- Country: Russia
- Topics: Disasters,Environment
- Reuters ID: LVA5RXLHCX3N5YCR2FDE5L2SLVTC
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- Story Text: Smoke from forest fires blanketed the southern Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk on Sunday (August 5), casting a grey pall over buildings and landmarks and enveloping the sun in an eerie hue.
Wildfires have been burning in Siberia for months, scorching forests and spreading smoke to cities. More than 180 fires are burning across the country, scorching approximately 11 million hectares. The fires are not threatening residential areas, according to media reports.
According to Russia's emergencies ministry, thousands of people are involved in fighting the forest fires, including national and regions fire-fighters, troops from the interior ministry and support staff from the ministries of forestry, natural resources and transport and local agencies across Russia.
Forty-one planes are being used to douse the burning vegetation, according to the ministry website.
Russian officials say they are getting a handle on the fires, but they will not be fully extinguished for at least two weeks, according to Russian news agency Itar-Tass, which quoted Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev saying the state meteorologist had not forecasted heavy rains for affected areas.
In some areas of Russian Siberia this summer is considered the hottest in 170 years of observations.
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